Kissing thumbs

1. Some people say that at the time of Azaan, it is Haraam to kiss the nails of the thumbs when the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is uttered.

2. The Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’at believes that it is permissible to read the Durood Shareef and kiss the thumbs upon hearing the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) during the Azaan.
3. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Whosoever has touched the name Muhammad with his hands, then kissed his hand with his lips and rubbed it on his eyes, then he sill see Allah Ta’ala just as the righteous ones see and my intercession will be close to him even though he is a sinner.” (An Nawafi ul Atri’aa) 4. In Jannat, when Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) desired to meet the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), then Allah Ta’ala sent Wahi (revelation) to him, “From your generation, he will become apparent in the later years”. Then Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) desired from Allah Ta’ala to meet the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta’ala showed him the Noor of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) on the Shahadat finger of his right hand. The Noor recited the Tasbeeh of Allah Ta’ala. It is for this reason that this finger is known as the Kalima finger. Allah Ta’ala showed the beauty of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) on both
the thumbnails of Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) like a mirror. Then, Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) kissed both his thumbnails and turned them over his eyes.

5. Thus, this Sunnah of Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) became consistent in his descendants. When Hazrat Jibraeel Ameen (alaihis salaam) informed Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) of this, he said, “That person, who when hearing my name in Azaan, kisses his thumb nails and turns it over his eyes, he shall never go blind.” (Tafseer Roohul Bayaan)

6. Once, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) entered the Masjid and sat down near a pillar. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) was seated beside him. Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) then stood up and commenced with the Azaan. When he said: “Ash hadu Ana Muhammadur Rasoolullah”, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu) placed both the thumb nails on to his eyes and said “Qurratu Aini bika Ya Rasoolallah” (Ya Rasoolallah! You are the coolness of my eyes). When Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) completed the Azaan, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “O Abu Bakr! Whosoever does like you have done, Almighty Allah will forgive all his sins.” (Tafseer Roohul Bayaan)

7. Sayyiduna Imam Hassan (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Whosoever hears the Mu’azzin say ‘Ash Hadu Ana Muhammadur Rasoolullah’ and says, ‘Marhaba bi Habibi’ and ‘Quratu Aini Muhammad bin Abdullah’ and then kisses both thumbs and keeps it on his eyes, then he will never become blind and his eyes will never be sore.” (Maqaaside Husna)
8. It is desirable after (hearing) the first Shahaadah of Azaan, to say: “Sallal laahu alaika Ya Rasoolallah” and after hearing the second Shahaadah, to say “Qur’ratu Aini bika Ya Rasoolallah”. You should then kiss the nails of your thumb and place them on the eyes and say:

“Allahuma Mati’ni bis Sam’i Wal Basari” then the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) will take such persons behind him into Jannah. (Shaami Shareef)

9. In another Kitaab it is stated that both the thumbs of the hands should be kissed and rubbed on the eyes and when the Mu’azzin says: “Ash hadu Ana Muhammadur Rasoolulah” then say,

“Ash Hadu Ana Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasooluhu Raditu billahi Rabban Wa bi Islami Deenan wa Muhammadin Nabbiyan”. (Tahtaawi Shareef)

10. From these discussions it can be affirmed that kissing the thumbs and touching them with the eyes at the time of Azaan is Mustahab. It is the practice (Sunnah) of Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam), Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (radi Allahu anhu) and others. The scholars of the Shari’ah (Fuqaha), Ahadith (Muhaddiseen) and the Knowledge of the Quran (Mufassireen) all are in agreement with this issue.

11. This practice carries multiple benefits, some of which are:

  • 11.1 The man who acts upon this practices and maintains it as a regular habit shall not suffer any disease or pain in his eyes.
  • 11.2 Insha Allah, he shall not become blind at any stage of his life.
  • 11.3 For a person who suffers from any ailment in his eyes, he should adopt this practice as a cure of his ailment. It is hoped his eyes shall become normal and healthy once again.
  • 11.4 The person who constantly adopts this act of goodness showing his deep regard and veneration for the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) shall be blessed and honoured with his Shafa’at on the Day of Judgment and he shall be included in the rows of the followers of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).



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  1. 1

    Hafiz Tajdar said,

    alhumdulillah i totally agree upon what ever you stated in the above dialogue.

    but i would still like to know the status of the above mentioned ahadith, i-e whether they are sahih or zaeef.

    thanks pls reply my question.

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    Haider said,

    The following should quench your thirts for the blessed knowledge that you desire:

    Imam Ahmed bin hambal {ra}, hazrat ibn jawzi {ra} and ibn hajar confirmed the authencity of this hadith sharif, which is also quoted by imam al suyuti {ra} in his ‘jami as saghir’. Our prophet is certainly the highest of all prophets and the pious. And Allah ta’ala shows mercy when his name is mentioned. Prayers said when Allah shows will be accepted. It is a prayer for one’s happiness in this world and the hereafter to say, “My eyes gain light and my heart joyful with you, O Ya Rasul Allah ” when azaan is heard.

    A hadith in dailami narrated by hazrat Abu bakr siddque {ra} states that the prophet salalhoalheywaslam said:

    “When the muezzin says, “Muhammadur Raslullah ” if one kisses his two thumbs and touches his eyes and says, “Ash hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh, radhi tu bil lahi rabban wa bil islami deen an wa bi muhammadin sall Allahu alahi wa sallama nabiyaan,” my intercession becomes halal for him”

    and i think the following is enough proof to show this is not a act of bidaa!! but was something which was performed by saydina Adam alaysalam and is present in the gospal of barnabas the lonsdale edition!!!

    After hazrat Adam (pbuh) committed the sin, he said, “O Lord! I ask for the sake of Muhammad (bi haqqi Muhammad) to forgive me.” Allah asked, “How did you know Muhammad ?” He said, “When you created me, and blew into me my spirit, i raised my head and saw the first thing written! “Laa ilaha ill Allah Muhammadu Rasuluallah” it was on the
    leg of your throne, so i knew You would not put Your name next to the one except the one who is the most beloved to You.” Allah said, “You have said the truth, O Adam, and if it were not for Muhammad , I would have not created you.”

    The christians are unceasingly moving heaven and earth to prove that the Gospel of Barnabas, which contains the same narration as the hadith, to be fabricated. Whilst the christians are strenously looking for ways to prove the gospel of Barnabas as inauthentic, the muslims unanimously confirm the
    canonical truth of the gospel.

    However some dubious deviant ‘muslims’, who claim to be ‘defenders’ of
    islam, are siding with the christians only because the gospel praises the holy prophet .

    The gospel of Barnabas says; hazrat isa jesus answering the question of his disciple john said: “Adam, having sprung upon his feet, saw writing in the air that shone like the sun which read “There is one God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

    Whereupon Adam opened his mouth and said, “I thank thee, my God, that thou hast deigned to create me, but tell me, i pray thee, what meath of these words: ‘Muhammad is the messenger of God.’ have there been people before me?” Then God said: “Be thou welcome, o my servant Adam. I tell thee that thou art the first man whom I i have created. And he whom thou hast see is whom i have chosen to be your son, who shall come into the world many years hence, and shall be my messenger, for whom i have created all things; who shall give light to the world when he shall come; whose soul was set in a celestial splendour sixty thousand years before i made anything.”

    {enough proof to prove that everything was created for him who in turn made everything worship the lord!! }

    A Hadîth is the saying of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (‘alayhis-salaam) or His action or His silence over an action or saying. There are three types of Hadîth in the sense of strength and weakness.

    It relates to a tradition which has got full chain of narrators from the last narrator up to the Prophet (‘alayhis-salaam) without any break and the narrators must have been such as conform to the rules of test. They must have been strictly pious and had strong retentive memory.

    It is like Sahîh tradition except that its narrators or some of the narrators have been found defective in memory in comparison with the narrators of Sahîh tradition.

    It is a tradition whose chain of narrators in the middle is defective or blameworthy. It is a tradition of weak authority or less reliability.

    There are two very common misunderstandings regarding Za’îf Hadîth.

    First Misunderstanding
    Wherever Muhaddithîn have remarked, “this is not a Sahîh Hadîth (Lâ-ya-sih-hu)”, it is made to understand that this Hadîth is self made, concocted and fabricated. This is not only dishonest and unjust to research, but it is the murder of knowledge and justice with the science of Hadîth.

    “Lâ-ya-sih-hu” only means that this Hadîth is either Hasan or Za’îf.

    “Lâ-ya-sih-hu Lâ-yu-nâ-fid Du’fa wal Hasan.”
    Translation: “The saying of the Muhaddithîn “this is not a Sahîh Hadîth” does not negate its being Hasan or Za’îf”.

    References: –
    (1) Al-Mowzû‘ât-ul-Kabîr, Hadîth number 929, by Mulla ‘Alî bin Sultân Kârî;
    (2) Shar-huz-Zurkânî ‘Alal Muwâhib, volume 5, page 55, by ‘Allâmah Abdul Bâkî az-Zurkânî.

    Second Misunderstanding
    The second injustice to this science is that it is said, “Za’îf Hadîth is not reliable”, while it IS reliable in deeds and virtues without any doubt.

    “To prove the virtues of deeds and preferences of the companions, all Ahâdîth are acceptable whether they are Maktu’ or Mursal. These Ahâdîth neither should be rejected nor opposed. This is the true path of passed righteous people.”

    References: –
    (1) Qû-tul-Qulûb, volume 1, page 216, by Sayyidî Abû Tâlib Muhammad bin ‘Alî;
    (2) Fat-hul-Qadîr, Bâb-ul-Imâmah, volume 1, page 303, by ‘Allâmah Kamâl-ud-Dîn ibn Humâm.

    In other words, as long as a Za’îf Hadîth is talking of virtues of deeds, we cannot oppose it under any circumstances.

    Now that we have understood the basic science of Hadîth and its initial off shoots, let us look at the other questions raised.

    Kissing Thumbs
    Kissing the thumbs or index fingers and rubbing them on the eyes on listening to the name of the Prophet (‘alayhis-salaam) during the Azân and Ikâmat is an expression of love. Undoubtedly, it is a liked act in the Sharî’ah.

    Brother, the proof of kissing the thumbs or index fingers as mentioned in the famous Hadîth of Amîr-ul-Muminîn Sayyidunâ Abû Bakr (May Allâh Almighty be please with Him), is mentioned in many books. I have listed some of the books below so that you may consult them: –

    (1) Imâm Muhammad bin Abdur Rahmân as-Sakhâwî in his “Al-Makâsid-ul-Hasanah” (Hadîth 1021) quotes Imâm Dailamî who mentions the Hadîth of kissing in his “Musnad-ul-Firdous”;
    (2) Imâm Sakhâwî again in his “Al-Makâsid-ul-Hasanah” under Hadîth 1021 quotes Sayyidunâ Khizar (‘alayhis-salaam) telling the virtues and benefits of kissing the thumbs and rubbing them on the eyes on hearing the blessed name “Muhammad”, (‘alayhis-salaam);
    (3) The great scholar of Fikh (Islamic Jurisprudence), ‘Allâmah Ibn ‘Âbidîn Shâmî strongly approves of this act in his famous commentary of “Ad-Dur-rul-Mukhtâr” which he named “Rad-dul-Mukhtâr”, (Kitâb-us-Salâh, Bâb-ul-Azân, [volume 2, page 68]).

    Many other scholars also approve of this beautiful act, some of which I have listed below with full references, thus: –
    (4) ‘Allâmah Ahmad bin Muhammad Tahtâvî in his “At-Tahtâwî ‘Alâ Marâkî”, page 111;
    (5) Sayyid Muhammad in his “A-‘â-na-Tut-Tâlibîn”, page 247;
    (6) Ibn Abû Zaid Qairwânî in his “Kifâya-tut-Tâlib”, page 169;
    (7) Imâm Abû Nu’aym al-Isfahânî in his “Hilya-tul-Awliyâ”, volume 4, page 42;
    (8) ‘Allâmah ‘Alî bin Burhân-ud-Dîn Halbî in his “As-Sîra-tul-Halbiyyah”, volume 1, page 85.

    NOTE: A few people try to stop the Ahlus-Sunnah from performing this act of love. They deceive simple Muslims by saying that the Muhaddithîn mentioned these traditions but declared them non-Sahîh. They try to make people believe that the Hadîth of kissing the thumbs is fabricated and self-made. Taking this meaning is a serious injustice with one’s Dîn.

    As we have learnt in the beginning, there are three basic types of Hadîth. If a Hadîth is not Sahîh, then this certainly does not mean that it is not Hasan or Za’îf.

    The Hadîth of kissing thumbs is acceptable in all three forms because even IF it is not Sahîh or Hasan thus becoming Za’îf, then it will be still acceptable because we have learnt in the beginning of this research that a Za’îf Hadîth is acceptable if it talks of virtues of deeds. The Hadîth of kissing the thumbs mentions the virtues and benefits of kissing the thumbs so we must accept it no matter what. Now only those who are either insane or those who follow their scholars blindly can deny the authenticity of this Hadîth.

    I will end this topic by quoting Mulla ‘Alî bin Sultân Kârî, who is respected and is acknowledged as a great Islâmic Muhaddith. He says regarding the Hadîth of kissing the thumbs upon hearing the name Muhammad (‘alayhis-salaam),

    “I say that when its approach is approved until Abû Bakr Siddîk, it is enough to act upon it, because the Holy Prophet has said following My Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Guided Caliphs is compulsory upon you.”

    Reference: Al-Mowzû‘ât-ul-Kabîr, Hadîth number 829, by Mulla ‘Alî bin Sultân Kârî.

    In conclusion, we have learnt that whether the Hadîth of kissing is Sahîh, Hasan or Za’îf, it cannot be opposed. Besides, many Muhaddithîn and other Islâmic scholars, as we have learnt, have recorded or supported this Hadîth in their books, therefore, establishing the authenticity of the Hadîth on the virtues of kissing the thumbs upon hearing the Beautiful Name Muhammad (‘alayhis-salaam).

    In the end, I would like to say to Imâm Ahmad Razâ Khân Barailvî’s opponents that first they should give their Fatwas of Bid’at on great scholars like Mulla ‘Alî bin Sultân Kârî and Ibn ‘Allâmah Ibn ‘Âbidîn Shâmî before concentrating their misled and unbalanced Fatwas on Imâm Ahmad Razâ.

    I trust that this brief research will have cleared any misconceptions or doubts you had in your mind concerning the Hadîth in question. If you want the original Arabic wording for the references mentioned in this research then I am willing to provide them to you on your request (through e-mail).

    I suggest you consult Mowlânâ Shafî’ Okârvî’s (Khatîb-e-Pakistan) “Angûthay Chûmnay Kâ Maslah” (published by “Madînah Publications” Karachi. Also included in the famous book “Tahaffuz-e-‘Aqâid-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat”, beginning from page 784, published by “Farîd Book Stall” Lahore) for a more detailed analysis of this subject. If you cannot obtain these books then I strongly suggest you obtain the book “‘Aqâid-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat” by Mowlânâ Sâjid-ul-Hâshmî, present Imâm of Ghowsiyyah Mosque Burnley, Lancashire, published by “Ahl-us-Sunnah Publications” Burnley (UK).

    As for the other topics (Mazârât and Dorûd Sharîf before Azân), I will attempt to answer them at another time because of restriction of time unless any other brother or sister takes it up Inshâ Allâh ‘Azzawajal.

    I pray to Allâh Almighty to unite all Sunnî Muslims on one platform, âmîn!

    “Nay the wrong-doers (merely) fellow their own lusts being devoid of knowledge. But who will guide those whom Allâh leaves astray? To them there will be no helpers.” —– Al-Qurân, 30:29.

    Was-salâmu-‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullâhi Wa Barakâtuh ma’al Ikrâm!

  3. 3

    kareen said,


    is there a specific way that you have to kiss your thumbs? Could you provide me with a picture?

  4. 4

    Haider said,

    When you hear the name Muhammad (sall’Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam) in Adha’an or any other time, kiss the nails of both your thumb (at the same time) and then touch you eyes (with the nail of the thumbs) at the same time. The left thumb nail touches the left eye and the right thumb nail touches the right eye.

    Look from 1 minute and 13 seconds onwards:

  5. 5

    kareen said,


    What about when you hear the other names of Muhammad (sall’Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam) like ya mustafa (sall’Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam) should you still kiss your thumbs, or is it just when you hear the specific name, “Muhammad (sall’Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam)?”

  6. 6

    Haider said,

    You only kiss the tumbs only when you hear the name Muhammad (sall’Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa’alihi wa’sallam). Insha’Allah Aza wa jal, this will benefit you.

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    Abdul-Qadar Shah said,

    A excellent and very informative article – may Allah SWT reward you abundantly for passing on the true message of acquiring Allah SWT’s Blessings – in the beautiful name of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Ameen.

    With Dua,

  8. 8

    Sabiri said,

    As Salaam Alaikum,
    I am a murid of Pir Murshid Ali of Tourren St Port Louis Mauritius.
    I wish tkiss the hands of my murshidto show him respect and to realise the power of Allah, the benevolence of Allah manifesting throuh my Murshid Ali.

    With his Shawl, he blessed me ( I cannot hiss his hands because I am a woman) and it isagainst Shariah.
    This blessing , i bring it to my family, to all persons in this world and to those who are dead….

  9. 9

    salaaam said,

    Nice topic.
    Haider – do you have an email address where I can contact you please?

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    Uthman said,

    Has anyone’s vision improve by kissing the thumbs and putting them on ones eyes?

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